Top Ten Space Pictures: Best of 2009

Top Ten Space Pictures: Best of 2009
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Space Shuttle Spied En Route to Hubble

Using a telescope with a special solar filter, photographer Thierry Legault captured the tiny silhouette of the space shuttle Atlantis crossing in front of the sun in May.

The tightly cropped shot shows Atlantis in orbit--a day before the shuttle latched on to the Hubble Space Telescope so that astronauts could perform a series of spacewalks to repair and upgrade the iconic instrument.

See pictures from Hubble's final tune-up mission >>
—Photograph courtesy NASA/Thierry Legault
 
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